Two textile fragments
The David Collection
Hegira 7th century / AD 13th century
Samitum-woven, silk and silvered paper lamella
East Islamic world or China
With its calligraphic frieze, in which letters end in animal heads, its lively lions and griffins rooted in the Sasanian and Byzantine tradition, and its sumptuous, lotus-like flowers on arabesque vines, the textile combines features from the culture of East and West.
The use of paper for the silver thread points towards China, while the iconography is Western.
"Two textile fragments" in Explore Islamic Art Collections , Museum With No Frontiers, 2017. http://www.museumwnf.org/thematicgallery/thg_galleries/database_item.php?itemId=objects;EPM;dn;Mus21;24;en&id=textiles
MWNF Working Number: DN 24